Former Roma player Joseph Bouasse Perfection has passed away aged just 21, it has been confirmed.
The midfielder, who was picked up by the Serie A side following a successful trial back in 2016, suffered a heart attack and died on Sunday evening.
A club statement read: “The club is desperately saddened to learn of the untimely death of former Primavera player, Joseph Bouasse Perfection.
“The thoughts of everyone at AS Roma are with all those closest to him.”
Former Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, now of Chelsea, added on social media: “Horrible news – I’m so sad about it. Rest in peace, my brother. This is a young talent gone too soon from us. Condolences to the entire family!”
La Liga club Sevilla added: “Heartbreaking news. Our thoughts are with Joseph’s family, friends, and everyone at AS Roma. Rest in peace Joseph.”
Bouasse was allegedly trafficked into Italy as a migrant back in 2015 before impressing then boss Luciano Spalletti enough to earn a deal. He left Roma in 2018 without making an appearance before joining Romanian side Universitatea Cluj earlier this year.